The Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence (MSSI) degree is designed to prepare students for the complexity of intelligence work in the 21st century. The 43-credit curriculum focuses on three main themes: Globalization, Future-focused Intelligence, and Intelligence for National Security. Learn More
- Full-time – This program spans 11 months starting in August and ending in July. Students enroll in four to five daytime classes per quarter.
- Evening – This is a two year part-time program, starting in August. Classes meet in the evenings, after the work day. Students enroll in two classes per quarter.
- Monthly Executive – This is a two year part-time program, starting in August. Classes meet one weekend a month and for a two-week intensive session each summer.
- DIA Cohort (Open to DIA civilian employees only) – This is a two year part-time program, starting in August. Classes meet two days a week during the work day.
- NSA Cohort – This is a two year part-time program, starting in August. Two year part-time program with classes meeting two days a week during the day. Courses are taught at the University’s Graduate Center at the National Security Agency (NSA).
- NGA Cohort – This is a two year part-time program, starting in August. Courses are taught at the University’s Graduate Center at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).
- Reserves (Open to Military Reservists and the National Guard) – This is a two year part-time program, starting in August. Classes meet one weekend a month and for a two-week intensive, session each summer.
- Academic Center Cohort – This is a two year part-time program, starting in August. Classes meet in the evenings, after the work day. Students enroll in two classes per quarter. Offered at the University’s European Academic Center in JAC Molesworth, UK; the Southern Academic Center at the RIJTEF Training Center on MacDill, AFB in Tampa, FL; and the Quantico Academic Center in Quantico, VA.
Application Process for MSSI
- A completed Degree-Seeking Application.
- Nomination from your agency training office of branch or service detailer/branch manager/function manager
- Statement of Purpose (500-word unclassified essay-typed and double spaced explaining):
- your motivation for pursuing graduate study in intelligence
- your professional goals and objectives
- what you achieved in your education or career that enhances your capabilities to undertake a degree-completion program
- Official undergraduate and any graduate transcripts sent directly to the NIU Admissions Office from your academic institutions. Mailed or sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- GRE Score Report less than 5 years old- NIU Code 5205
- Applicants with a completed masters or doctorate degree from a regionally-accredited institution are not required to submit GRE scores.
- No other tests may be substituted for the GRE.
Send all Admissions Material To:
Defense Intelligence Agency
Attn: 7400 Pentagon
NIU 1-A, Office of Enrollment Services
Washington, DC 20301-7400
Fax: (202) 231-8652
The NIU admissions staff will advise applicants of the status of their application package upon requests. As a general rule, full-time applicants will receive a final answer within six to eight weeks after the application deadline.
Admissions decision letters for part-time applicants are mailed during the first week of June for the following programs:
- Evening MSSI/MSTI
- Monthly Executive Format MSSI/MSTI
- MSSI Program for Reserves
- Academic Center at NSA
- Academic Center at NGA
- DIA Employee Cohort
- European Academic Center
- Southern Academic Center
- Quantico Academic Center
Space Available Applicants for part-time study (space available) may apply at any time and register for classes in the quarter after their application has been approved. Acceptance letters will be sent out within six to eight weeks of the application deadline.
MSSI/MSTI Transfer Credit Policy
- NIU accepts a maximum of six quarter credits of graduate-level classes for the MSSI and MSTI degree programs, provided the credits are a) from a regionally accredited institution, b) earned a grade of “B” or higher, c) relevant to the NIU degree being sought, and d) were earned within the past five years.
- The NIU MSSI/MSTI Transfer Credit Policy allows the Deans to set additional transfer requirements for their respective degree programs, provided these requirements are published in places accessible to current and prospective students and faculty.
- NIU does not accept transfer credits for any required courses in the MSSI/MSTI core curriculum.
NIU Privacy Act Statement
THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE UNIVERSITY (NIU) STUDENT DATA The Privacy Act of Public Law 93-579 requires Federal Agencies which collect personal information from individuals to inform each individual of the following: 1. Authority: 44USC3101 and 3102 Establishment of Program Management. 2. Principal Purpose: To record information solicited from and furnished by individuals nominated to attend courses of instruction of the NIU. 3. Routine Use: Used in preparation of tentative and final class rosters for official University use, biographic data on students, statistical studies, attendance verification, historical records, alumni surveys, academic/fitness reports, and other official correspondence. 4. Disclosure and Effects: Disclosure of information by the applicant is voluntary. However, non-disclosure may result in errors in reporting course completion, incomplete statistical comparisons, non-receipt of security clearance, errors in historical files, incomplete student academic/fitness reports, and non-receipt of official correspondence.